Top seeds to compete for Earl Vigilance Memorial Open Scrabble tournament
The intense battle for honours in the scrabble arena will continue when the members of the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) journey to Linden for the Earl Vigilance Memorial Open Scrabble tournament at the Mackenzie Sports Club Sunday June 24.
Already, most of the top seeds have signaled their intentions to participate in the tournament, organized in memory of Vigilance, a former national player, who lost his life in an industrial accident
several years ago.
This tournament is viewed as a very important one on GASP calendar of activities and attracts the involvement of the entire fraternity. The players were unable to convene for the tournament last year but national champion, Abigail McDonald had carted off the spoils in 2010. She starts off as the favourite but will have to be wary of Leon Belony who had placed second in that tournament by the closest of margins. Floyd Carmichael had closed off the podium spots.
The dynamics have changed somewhat and even though the top guns, the likes of McDonald, Moen Gafoor, Fred Collins and Belony still start as favorites, they will have to be wary of Delon Moffat, Grace Hercules, who will be enjoying home advantage, Maurice Munru and Wayne Cave among others.
These players will also be aware of the special prize for the best player outside of the top ten rankings. Lately, several players have clinched this prize and naturally will be nurturing ambitions of repeating this feat. They are Munru, Hercules, Moffat, Colin Chichester and Orlando Michael. An intense battle is, therefore, envisaged.
Meanwhile, players are asked to make a special effort to attend this competition. They must convene outside the Ashmins building near the Linden bus/car park at 07:30 hours on tournament morning. The registration period commences at 09:45 while the first tile would be moved at 10:00hrs sharp. Registration fee remains at five hundred dollars. The tournament is sponsored by BOSAI.